Israeli MKs waver on support for Jewish identity bill

07.10.2011                      10.Cheschwan. 5772                      Ta'anit BH"B

Knesset:

Israeli MKs waver on support for Jewish identity bill

Bill introduced by MK Avi Dichter (Kadima), would drop Arabic as one of the state's official languages, among other provisions.

Four Knesset members have withdrawn their support for a private member's bill that would subordinate democratic rule to Israel's Jewish identity. Three of the MKs – Benjamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor ) and Kadima's Doron Avital and Shlomo Molla – have already formally removed their signatures from the draft for the new Basic Law. MK Nachman Shai (Kadima ) said he will remove his within a few days.
Israel's Basic Laws serve as the country's constitution. The bill was introduced by MK Avi Dichter (Kadima ), and is sometimes called Dichter's Law. The law would drop Arabic as one of the official languages of the state, among other provisions….